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Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Book That Did Not Live Up To The Series: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

HOT WINTER NIGHTS

by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #6
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: September 25th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷1/2
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Jill Shalvis' Heartbreaker Bay series has been a warm and comforting presence in my reading life since I read the first book. It's only seemed to have gotten better with every release. I was excited to read Hot Winter Nights and I had no doubt that the book would deliver. After having read the book though, I'm mildly disappointed. I didn't feel like Hot Winter Nights was up to par with the rest of the series. That being said, this is still a charming series and I will still recommend these books in a heartbeat!

Let me start with the main characters in Hot Winter Nights. Molly and Lucas were great characters. Both had gone through a tough past but were currently thriving. Molly was a sweet heroine with a heart made of gold. A kidnapping in her past had left her with a limp, but she didn't let that get in the way of her aspirations. She may have been sweet, but she wasn't someone who allowed to walk all over her. Her unpleasant experience had left her with a strong spine. This personality trait of hers comes in handy as she was surrounded by assertive alpha-males who wanted to control and protect her at all times. Lucas was a bit quieter and a bit more intense than Molly. He had lost two very important people in his life and that had left him wary of love. Despite being reserved, I found him to be a compelling character. It was fun when his flirty and more playful side started to emerge in Molly's presence.

Individually, as you can tell, I liked these characters. For some reason, though, I couldn't entirely get behind them as a couple. Something was missing in their relationship for me and I was left feeling a little "meh" about them, in general. I couldn't feel the chemistry and I'm not sure why because I've had no such problems with the other couples in this series. I was also unhappy with the plotline surrounding the Christmas Village and the corrupt/potentially criminal Santa not paying his elves. Molly and Lucas go on an undercover mission to figure out what was going on there and that whole story took away from my enjoyment of the book. I found it to be really boring and I couldn't care less about it - at one point, I even started skimming the book. I also missed the female friendships that have been such a strong presence in the previous books here.

In the end, Hot Winter Nights was a bit of lackluster read compared to the rest of the series. Will I still be continuing the series though? You bet, I will! Even if I didn't love this one, I don't regret reading the book as I really have come to care for these characters, and I have faith that Shalvis will write a good story next!

Have you read the Heartbreaker Bay series?
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